- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics (31 Aug. 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780140424621
- ISBN-13: 978-0140424621
- ASIN: 0140424628
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,057 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Lyrical Ballads: With a Few Other Poems (Penguin Classics) Paperback – 31 Aug 2006
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"It is an edition of a formative work which all students and lovers of English poetry will warmly welcome.."From the reviews of the first edition-"The Times Educational Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Coleridge (1772-1834) has been criticized as a political turn-coat, drug addict and plagiarist whose wrecked career left only a handful of magical early poems. But the shaping influence of his highly imaginative criticism is now generally accepted,and his position, along with Wordsworth (1770-1850), as one of the two great progenitors of the English Romantic spirit is assured. A great innovator, Wordsworth permanently enlarged the range of English poetry both in subject matter and treatment.
Michael Schmidt is Professor of English and Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University. He is the author of the critical history LIVES OF THE POETS (1999), THE STORY OF POETRY (five volumes, 2001-), and THE FIRST POETS: LIVES OF THE ANCIENT GREEK POETS.
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How a Ship having passed the Line was driven by Storms to the cold Country towards the South Pole; and how from thence she made her course to the tropical Latitude of the Great Pacific Ocean; and of the strange things that befell; and in what manner the Ancyent Marinere came back to his own Country. Read the first page
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Will & Sam (well, it`s quicker) were only in their late twenties when they decided to publish a joint collection of some of their informal poems, Wordsworth being the later reviser of this seminal anthology (eventually pushing the Mariner to a more tactful place nearer the end). Many are not all that lyrical, and few are strictly speaking ballads. No matter, it`s a perfect title for this unique venture, which upset a lot of august Augustan critics - though no doubt a smaller proportion of readers were quite so perplexed - back in 1798.
The four poems by Coleridge are The Dungeon, The Nightingale (in their different ways, remarkable both as poems and as polemics), The Foster-Mother`s Tale, and the still astounding The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere, with its ever-haunting line which never fails to excite and lure this reader in:
There was a Ship, quoth he
Yes? Then do tell us about it!
Coleridge`s strange tale in verse must have startled its first readers, some oddly reluctant for one reason or another to read the rest of the poems, others no doubt devouring them in one sitting.
The other nineteen poems, often only a page long, are by WW. It`s fascinating to see the very different sensibilities of the two then-friends (who later, alas, fell out), with Will the idealistic nature-lover writing in a loose, chatty style, Sam more the mystic, strange tensions at play in his already intense poetry.
There are one or two poems about vagrants and prisoners here, both poets evincing a gratifying sympathy for those fallen on hard times.Read more ›
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Nicely uncluttered edition ... no distracting editors notes within the text, just a couple of pages at the end to set the work in context.Published 6 months ago by AnneFromHants
New to Wordsworth. Wasn't sure which to buy. This fine, but would recommend getting fuller later volume of his work.Published on 20 Jun. 2013 by Thimblefriend